Allergies are a common health issue that affect both humans and pets. Just like humans, animals can experience allergic reactions when their immune systems overreact to various materials such as pollen, dust, specific food proteins, or insect bites. At Trilby Animal Hospital in Toledo, OH, we can determine the route cause of your pet’s allergies and provide treatment that can reduce symptoms like itching or infections.
While an occasional sneeze is normal for pets, an increase in frequency or severity may indicate an allergic reaction. Your cat or dog may experience excessive sneezing due to certain detergents, scents, or environmental factors. If the sneezing persists, we recommend consulting with our veterinarian for further evaluation.
Transdermal or inhalant allergies, also known as atopy, are caused by the immune system's overreaction to topical allergens like pollens, dust, and mold. This type of allergy is similar to hay fever or asthma in humans. Pets with atopy may experience seasonal generalized itching and exhibit certain behaviors, such as rubbing, licking, chewing, biting, or scratching specific body parts. In some cases, chronic ear inflammation or infection may be the only symptom.
Managing Hot Spots
Hot spots, also known as pyotraumatic dermatitis or acute moist dermatitis, are small, red, swollen, and moist areas on a pet's skin. While allergies can be a contributing factor, other causes like parasites or infections, should also be considered. Hot spots are itchy and uncomfortable, and veterinary attention is necessary.
Food allergies occur when the immune system reacts to certain components of a diet, typically proteins, which can lead to itching or infections. Your pet may experience an allergic reaction due to dairy products, beef, lamb, or wheat. Identifying the component that is causing discomfort often requires food trials, avoiding the allergen, and implementing a proper diet.
Identifying Pet Allergies
Our vet will identify the cause of your pet's discomfort and provide guidance on how to care for your pet. Once we determine the root cause of the allergens, we can offer treatment and preventative measures to eliminate the allergen.
Contact us for Treatment Today
If your pet has allergies, our team at Trilby Animal Hospital in Toledo, OH, can help. We will perform a routine exam and provide the necessary treatment that can reduce discomfort. To schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call our office at (419) 474-5403 today.